Statement: RE Tomas Morley steps down as U17 manager

  • Jan 04,2021

Tomás Morley has informed Mayo GAA that he is stepping down from his role as manager of the Mayo minor football team. He has held this role since October 2017. During his time in charge Mayo won a Connacht minor title in 2019 after a thrilling extra-time win over Galway. Mayo went all the way to an All-Ireland semi-final that year losing out to eventual champions Cork. 

Statement from Tomás Morley: It has been a privilege to hold the role of Mayo U17 football manager for the past three years, and I am grateful to the Executive for placing their trust in me over this period. I have been fortunate, each year, to operate alongside exceptional management and backroom teams – their expertise and dedication to the GAA and to the development of young athletes is to be commended. 

My greatest thanks is reserved for the players who consistently showed levels of commitment, perseverance and maturity that will stand them in good stead in all aspects of their lives. Thank you too to their families, clubs, and schools – underage players can only do what they do with the help of a legion of supportive adults.

I wish the incoming management team and players the very best for 2021. No doubt it will prove to be another exciting year for Mayo GAA. 

Statement from Mayo GAA Chairman Liam Moffatt: On behalf of all involved with Mayo GAA I would like to thank to Tomás and his management team for their hard work & dedication since they undertook the management of our County Minor football squad. 

Working with Inter-County underage teams involves a huge commitment and this year in particular has been extremely challenging for Tomás and his team due to COVID-19.

Central to Tomás’s philosophy has been the development of players and ensuring that they continued to improve themselves on and off the pitch. I have no doubt many of the players that were involved with this age group over the last number of years will continue to represent Mayo in the coming years. Finally I wish Tomás & his family all the best in 2021 and beyond.